Contact: Mark Charles, Director of Music
We believe that all our music, sacred and secular, has its origin in God the Trinity, who is the source of all human creativity. We acknowledge, along with J S Bach, that all our music should be‘to the glory of God’; also that in our music-making ‘Jesus is our helper’, and that ‘where there is devotional music, God is always there by his Spirit.’
Holy Trinity Choir
We are a mixed, robed choir specialising in the repertoire of the Anglican liturgy from early Renaissance to present-day. We meet every Thursday at 20.00 for rehearsal, and we sing at most 10.30 and 19.00 services. Any one with an interest in singing please contact Mark Charles. Upcoming highlights include a week’s residency in Worcester Cathedral and the annual carol service at Geneva Cathedral on Christmas Eve. We have an extensive library of the best of English and European composers, and our monthly diet includes Choral Evensongs and Masses. For further details please see the current music list.
HTC Junior Choir
We have a choir practice every Sunday after the 10.30 service, and sing in the Family Communion on the fourth Sunday of every month. You can come to Sunday School at 10.30 down in the hall for fun activities and Bible stories and stay on to the rehearsal, join in the service upstairs, join in the Youth Group, or join us at 11.45 for practice. Boys and girls of all ages are equally welcome, from as young as 6, if you can already read. Apart from that, you just need to enjoy singing.
Voice for Life
Through our membership of the Royal School of Church Music, our young singers have the opportunity to achieve awards in terms of medals and certificates. These are based on training in all aspects of worship music and the Christian Faith, via a well-devised series of instruction books and tests called ‘Voice for Life’.
Concerts, recitals, organ vespers
From time to time we put on charity concerts both at HTC and other venues. The fifth Sunday evening often takes the form of an organ recital followed by the ancient service of Compline.
A much treasured musical resource is the two-manual organ by Kuhn of Männedorf. Built in 1985, it represents the highest craftsmanship of the Swiss school of organ-building. Though small, it adapts very well to many different musical styles. In 2016 the organ underwent extensive restoration including the addition of electronic playing aids.
To encourage students on vocal courses, we are offering bursaries. Please ask for the Choral Scholarship leaflet via Mark Charles.
To encourage organ students and give them much needed experience accompanying liturgy, we are offering free organ tuition to young organists. Please ask for the Organ Scholarship leaflet via Mark Charles.
Join our Music Programme at HTC
Our three services each Sunday at Holy Trinity reflect the diversity of today’s worshiping community – with at least one using the language of the 1662 Book of Common Prayer, and one in contemporary language with a mixture of contemporary and traditional hymns. Based on an expatriate community, we are regularly saying ‘farewell’ to members whose jobs have reached the end of their term – so we are always keen to welcome new members.
If you would like to join any of our groups, or if you have a vocal or instrumental gift to offer for any kind of occasion, please contact:
Mark Charles, Director of Music
Claire Charles, Director Junior Choir
We also welcome any financial donations to the music programme which costs CHF 1000 per week. Information about donating is available on our Giving page. Please mark any donations specifically for the Music Programme. Thank you.